Media Mash: Computer mouse/massagers, shock treatment for migraines & Big Bird research


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.


  • Ever wondered how the brain learns? One research team turned to Big Bird to find out. [Time Healthland]


  • Aren’t you just sick and tired of always trying to look younger? Forget yourself and concentrate on your home. [BrightNest]


  • One of our favorite products to come out of the Consumer Electronics Association show this week: A computer mouse that doubles as a back massager. Genius. [Art-Factory]


  • Workout much? No? Your medical chart may soon log how much you exercise. [Businessweek]


  • One company is phasing out those “plastic micro beads as a ‘scrub’ material” in its personal care products. [CNN]


  • Gluttons rejoice! Why lose weight the natural way when you can suck out all the junk you ate directly from your gut with this new gadget? [The Independent]


  • Feeling lonely? Update your Facebook status. A new study found that even if no one “likes” your comment, you’ll feel more socially connected. [Washington Post]


  • After a string of deadly outbreaks of illness from contaminated food, the FDA finally did something about it. [Los Angeles Times]


  • A new health study shows that the average American dies sooner than people from other high-income countries. Guess money can’t buy everything. [Wall Street Journal]


  • Would you pay $150 to learn parkour? A new gym in Bushwick is teaching Brooklyn hipsters how to explore the streets like Spiderman. [Brokelyn]


  • The good news: Cancer rates are dropping. The bad news: Rates for some tumor types are remaining stubbornly high. [Time]


  • 2012 demolished the previous record for hottest year ever in the United States. [New York Times]


  • Tomorrow’s migraine treatment: electric shock? [Blisstree]


  • Let Jillian Michaels show you how to tone your inner and outer thighs with this video. [YouTube]


  • It’s grapefruit season! Take advantage of it with these 23 recipes. [Epicurious]


  • The next frontier for smartphones: telling you when your breath stinks. [Slate]